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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 17 November 2011) . . Page.. 5544 ..


MR HANSON: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, how many clients has the directorate referred to NBSS for transport and supervision services?

MS BURCH: It is also agencies. The government is not the only one that refers, on my understanding, a client base to NBSS. The non-government sector, who also require transport services, are also able to refer clients.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what have you done to satisfy yourself that all transport and supervision service providers are meeting the required levels of service standards? Are there any clients redirected from other service providers? If yes, why were they redirected?

MS BURCH: I thank Mrs Dunne for her question. Transport services are available to kinship carers through the directorate but also through foster carers, through non-government organisations, out-of-home-care organisations and other agencies that need that service. The question is how many services have been referred and what standards.

There is an expectation about and standards around vehicle safety, child restraints, licensing of drivers, their suitability and checking of these drivers that provide these services. That has always been the case. We as a directorate are embarking on a model that we are hoping to put out to tender where these things are clearly set out and that we would have a panel of providers that different agencies can use those services from.

MRS DUNNE: Supplementary question.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, were any of the clients that have been received by Northern Bridging Support Services clients that were redirected from other service providers? If so, why were they redirected?

MS BURCH: I think those in this room would know that I would have no list, and nor should I, of any client base of any provider that provides transport services.

Children and young people—care and protection

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Community Services. Minister, yesterday in question time you stated:


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